One of my proudest moments in the bead embroidery journey was when I finished my first bracelet. I just kept thinking that making a whole beaded bracelet was going to be such a huge ordeal and what if I don’t like the piece and what if I can’t do it and all that. It is funny that I am always one of those people who tells everyone to try something and if it doesn’t work out they will know for sure but I seem to not want to take my own advice. I mean giving advice is so much easier than taking it , right!
But I am glad I started making bracelets and its ironic that the reason that I like making bracelets now is the exact reason why I avoided them in the first place. Now I like having to spend time on a piece for more than a day or so, because the process is calming and it gives me time to think and plan new pieces in my head. Also because there is more space to fill out with beads I get to experiment more with different techniques and shapes, which I normally don’t do on smaller pieces. And sometimes when I am experimenting with the patterns on a bracelet I get inspiration for other pieces.
That is exactly what happened when I was done making the Golden Cicada bracelet. I loved the sides of that bracelet and when I was looking at it I thought why don’t I just turn that shape into earrings.
Good thing was that I still had enough of the material to make a pair of earrings and because I had already made that pattern once the pieces came together all too quickly.
For me these type of projects are the stuff I like to do when I am not inspired to make anything new but I still don’t want to sit around and twiddle my thumb. The pattern is already there I know what beads I am going to use so I don’t have to sit around for hours trying to decide which beads would work well together which is my main obstacle when planning my pieces
But having worked with this pattern twice now and liking how it turns out I know now that if I were to change the colours and use different beads it would still give me something unique. That’s the beauty of a good pattern and a pattern you like to work with!
LIST OF MATERIALS USED:
- 14x10 FACETED CRYSTAL AB
- 7MM GLASS BASED PEARL
- 3MM WHITE PEARLS
- 3MM SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL AB CHAIN
- 6MM CRYSTAL AB SWAROVSKI MARGUERITES
- FROSTED TRANSPARENT WHITE SEED BEADS SIZE 8/0
- TRANSPARENT SILVER-LINED GOLD DELICA BEADS SIZE 10/0
- 24KT GOLD FINISHED SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0
- GOLD METAL ROUND SEED BEADS SIZE 15/0
- CREAM LUSTRE SEED BEADS SIZE 15/0
- 24KT GOLD PLATED EARRING HOOKS
- LACY’S STIFF STUFF
- BLACK ULTRASUEDE
- FIRELINE 0.006 IN CLEAR
- E-6000 GLUE
- CRAFTER’S PICK THE ULTIMATE GLUE
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